sherm1016 (1233) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tall boy can from Sonoma Cellars. Pours a deep, yellowish-amber color with a big white head. Aroma is malty, bready, corn. Medium on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, corn. It’s 95F outside today, and this beer hits the spot. A very tasty lager.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2012
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 1/20
There’s really nothing positive to say about this beer, other than if New Belgium’s goal was to make a dumbed-down craft beer that mimics Michelob, then job well done. Really, guys. You should be ashamed. Bring your audience up; don’t lower your aim.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice lager in a can! A good balance of malt and hops makes this one easy to drink - a little less alcohol and it would be perfect for a summer day.
bhensonb (12135) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Malt and Vine. Pours gold with a slight white head. Aroma suggests resin. Near med body. Flavor is somewhat bready, but it’s mostly about the hop. Floral, citrus, resin - I think this has it all. Wouldn’t be surprised if this is the best "Premium Lager" in the world.
dumontn (529) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can into a pint glass pours rich gold with streams of effervescence and a dense cloud-like head that stays for the whole glass. Aroma is signature NB honeyed biscuit and fresh bread with a floral woodsy and kinda citrusy hop profile. Very fresh. Taste is surprisingly similar to a Ranger IPA I enjoyed last night, very clean fermentation profile with a lingering clean berry finish. Body is medium and chewy with high carbonation and a long bready citrusy finish. Overall, I think this would be a great lager for professed ale-heads. Very delicious, will purchase again.
BBB63 (6393) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Can and served in pint glass: pours a golden hue with a lasting fizzy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of veggies, pale grains, slight mango, peach and lemon with a bit of metallic notes. The taste is a bit sweeter and bready than I expected but overall there is just enough hop bitterness to keep it moderately refreshing. Some acidity and fruitiness along with a bit of DMS character. The mouth feel is lively and refreshing. I liked this more at first but as it warmed it lost me. It is simply okay.
strap (553) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - MAY 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A solid lager. Crisp and dry on the finish. Strong grainy aroma. Very session able and refreshing
djd07 (5310) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can as shown. Pours a cloudy copper with a smal frothy off white head. The aroma is floral hop and wheat. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet citrus hop and crisp finish. Easy to drink a decent lager from New Belgium.
22415brewery (379) - Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shift beers make me think of when I use to work at this pizza joint and at the end of every shift we’d go and hit the tap for a few. Mopping floors and cleaning out greasetraps was always easier with a shift beer or two, something to take the edge off. This is the kinda beer that I’d thoroughly enjoy after a long day slinging pies and making coffee drinks. Crisp, well carbonated, thirst-quenching and light enough to drink more than one (which we often did). Pours a light golden with moderate carbonation, some lacing and a bit of white foam. Smells fairly neutral, a little bit of grain and more american noble hop aroma rather than cascade or nelson sauvin; coming across as slightly grassy and grainy with an almost resinous dustiness. A light bodied beer, it finishes fairly dry and leaves very little lingering on the palate. Overall not a standout addition to the New Belgium lineup. Yes it fills a need in their beer lineup, but it does not impress nor does it disappoint....and for that, it qualifies then as an excellent beer or beers to be enjoyed at the end of a shift.
weihenweizen (2066) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Refrigerated can poured into a shaker. Pours deep clear golden with bright white head. Medium lacing, thin body, medium carbonation, and light grass aroma. Taste is grainy malt, some bready, and finish dry grassy hops. I would call this a pilsner.